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Poster: utopian Date: Sep 22, 2012 6:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Audiophiles- does anyone use a integrated amp DAC

Looking for a new direction of fidelity. I have been more computer based so I am wondering what people would recommend for new complete systems

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Sep 23, 2012 4:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Audiophiles- does anyone use a integrated amp DAC

might want to look into the Marantz M-CR603.happy with mine and does everything i need for my price point.the onboard Dac
is very good but not as great as the 1000 dollars and up Dac's.the unit is compact,streams internet radio,streams flac
from my hard drive and has no problem pushing my sonus faber
speakers.great little unit for the price.
http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=HiFiComponents&;ProductId=MCR603

if i had the money i would go with a rogue audio Cronus Integrated amp.
http://www.rogueaudio.com/Products_Titan.htm#Cronos

then one of the many flavors of dac's to choose from.
Naim audio makes a very nice Dac but pricey.if you can
check out the Marantz unit,more bang for the buck.

This post was modified by tigerbolt on 2012-09-23 23:23:49

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Poster: utopian Date: Sep 23, 2012 6:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Audiophiles -surround sound receiver with DAC

Justt got a 3d tv and would like to upgrade my existing NAD separates, to a surround sound receiver/integrated amp with dac.

I like marantz products, although I have never owned any. Glad to hear you are enjoying it.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 23, 2012 8:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Audiophiles- does anyone use a integrated amp DAC

Audiophilia equates to listening to music as it actually sounds in my book. For headphone listening, the Benchmark DAC-1 makes a very nice all-in-one, available used on Audiogon for only about $600-700. That's not quite what you asked for, but I wanted to post my opening sentence, and then I felt like having something come after it.

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Poster: utopian Date: Sep 23, 2012 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Audiophiles- does anyone use a integrated amp DAC

Yes I like headphone listening, Audio Technica ath m50, but am not currently using a dac. I have been looking at the integrated amps and receivers like the nad, peach tree tube preamp dac, etc. so I can power my whole system, headphones included

Nad 748 .... $700
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_745T748/NAD-T748.html

Dared i30 integtrated tube amp dac ....$1200
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002CCSPGK

......for your current system
They also make stand alone dac's for any system
http://nadelectronics.com/products/hifi-mdc-modules/MDC-DAC
$200

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Sep 23, 2012 7:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Audiophiles- does anyone use a integrated amp DAC

“Audiophilia equates to listening to music as it actually sounds in my book”.

I appreciate solid engineering and product execution but so many audiophiles focus on the equipment, not necessarily the music, and personally i just want a musical system that is easy to use, reliable and either delivers exactly what the microphone captured or better yet transports you to the live music event. I have no bones with folks that enjoy messing with the gear or for that matter working on cars, just not my cup of tea.

The Benchmark is a fine product and from what i understand they have a loyal underground following and for the dedicated headphone listener the product makes perfect sense and provides a good value when compared to entry-level products from Peachtree and NAD in a similar application.

For my needs the Benchmark single ended output impedance wouldn’t match my amplifiers input and Utopia’s original question was in regards to an integrated dac/amplifier solution which i now read has changed to a surround sound receiver. If that’s the case, I’ll agree with tigerbolt’s recommendation of the Rogue amplifier in terms of musicality. Audiophile, high end and surround sound receiver do not belong in the same sentence.

Soon, many mid-level high-end manufactures will bring to market products that are similar in concept to the Peachtree and NAD designs, Bryston, Musical Fidelity and Wadia to name just a few.

Happy listening!

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Sep 22, 2012 7:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Audiophiles- does anyone use a integrated amp DAC

Audiophilia equates to neurosis in my book though being a music enthusiast i've been waiting patiently to replace my tube preamplifier with a DAC that has two analog inputs and a variable output so as to function as both a DAC and preamplifier.

The company that i'm patiently waiting on is Berkeley Audio Designs, their Alpha DAC Series 2 is close, just without two analog inputs and an onboard USB input.

http://www.berkeleyaudiodesign.com/products.html

The best valued integrated rig out there right now is from Peachtree Audio. NAD also offers some interesting new digital products. This category is exploding right now.

http://www.peachtreeaudio.com/products/amplifiers-dac.html

http://nadelectronics.com/products/hifi-amplifiers/C-390DD-Direct-Digital-Powered-DAC-Amplifier

Happy listening!

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Sep 24, 2012 5:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Audiophiles- does anyone use a integrated amp DAC

Wadia, Bryston,and Cambridge Audio make excellent DACs.Although I have not converted to them yet still using Adcom gfa 555,Onkyo pre,various sources and a pair of resurrected Bose 601s for my 2-chl deal.

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